The future of Tyler Myers with the Winnipeg Jets will be one of several compelling storylines to follow as the march toward the free agency period rolls on.
Myers, who is in the final season of his seven-year, $38.5 million contract, was the focal point of a broad 2019 UFA-related query thrown Bob McKenzie’s way during a Tuesday morning radio hit on Vancouver’s TSN 1040.
“So what’s going to happen in Winnipeg,” mused McKenzie. “They’re not going to trade him at the deadline, I can tell you that - they’re not going to trade him as a rental because it’s all hands on deck. The Winnipeg Jets think they can win a Stanley Cup this year, and Tyler Myers is a big part of that. They may or may not be able to sign him.
“That one’s a really weird one because there are so many variables because under normal circumstances you would say, ‘Oh, the Jets are going to need their money for Jacob Trouba,’ who’s a year away from unrestricted free agency. But I’m not sure that he’s going to sign long term in Winnipeg and this might be the summer, if he’s not prepared to commit long term to the Jets this summer, then this is the year that you move him, in the off-season.
“And if you’re going to move him, then you definitely want to hold onto Tyler Myers and you cut your deal with him and he never gets to free agency. So there’s a lot of moving parts on that front.
“Wayne Simmonds is another guy in Philly that’ll be a really interesting guy potentially at the deadline or potentially next summer. Can the Flyers, or do the Flyers want to - yeah, they want to. Are they going to be able to get a guy like that done.
“So there are some really intriguing names out there, and obviously at the top the Erik Karlsson question will be one that will be asked all season long.”
Myers did have trade protection written into his original contract, but those clauses were voided following the 2015 trade from Buffalo to Winnipeg.
Trouba is on a one-year, $5.5 million contract, which means he’d be eligible to sign any sort of extension beginning in January. He’ll be a restricted free agent at the end of this season, and will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2020.
McKenzie discussed Trouba and the Jets in a recent Bobcast, and that recap is worth checking out if the situation interests you.
“There’s lot of Jets fans who don’t believe that Trouba has shown an inclination to want to commit to the team long term, and I think that’s fair - that’s probably accurate.”
Simmonds, incidentally, is in the final season of a six-year, $23.85 million contract, and has a modified no-trade clause included in that pact through which he can nix 12 locales.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly